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“Beat the Chill” at the David A. Howe Library to celebrate reading feats on March 2


The event is open to the public with free family movie, snacks, and more!

This February, the David A. Howe Library hosted their first winter reading program and asked community members to help them Beat the Chill! by collectively reading at least 500 hours in 4 weeks. The program ends Saturday, March 2, and, to celebrate the Wellsville community’s achievement, the library will host The Winter Chill from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event, which is open to all community members, will include a family-friendly movie (Ice Age, the original from 2002), hot drinks, snacks, and cozy areas to chill and read or play games. Patrons are encouraged to come in their comfiest clothes and bring cozy blankets. For winter reading participants, the library will draw winners for the children’s and tweens’ grand prizes and the teen/adult trivia prize. Adults and teens who attend will be able to pick up a Beat the Chill! mug filled with treats for participating in the program.

Each week of the program, participants reported the amount of time they spent reading. Children and tweens colored in tracking charts and turned them in for an entry to win a grand prize. Teens and adults received a bookmark on which to track and reported their progress in-person or online. Library staff tallied all of the minutes reported by participants each week and added them to our thermometer tracker! By the end of week 2, participants had already reported 463 hours read – well on the way to the goal of 500 hours total! Given how successful this year’s program has been, the library plans to repeat this chill event next winter.

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